Budapest things to do

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River cruises

Price guide: Expensive
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expert-rated things to do in Budapest
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The most atmospheric way to see the UNESCO-listed riverscape.

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Budapest has a tempting range of things to see and do. There’s no shortage of culture – museums and galleries abound, and the country has a proud musical heritage that can be enjoyed in places like the Opera House – but there are less cerebral pursuits too. The river offers cruises, there’s thermal water for those who fancy a pampering, and the Buda Hills make good walking and cycling territory.

  • Most museums and galleries are closed on Monday. There will almost always be an admission charge, and temporary exhibitions are generally more expensive than permanent ones.
  • The Budapest Card entitles the holder to discounts at a range of museums, galleries and other attractions. It also allows you to travel free on all forms of public transport. A 48-hour card costs 6,300 forints and a 72-hour card is 7,500 forints; you can buy them from Tourinform offices, metro stations, at the airport and elsewhere. Given that the card isn’t cheap, however, you need to decide whether or not it will deliver sufficient savings to make it worthwhile. In particular, EU residents over 65 should think carefully – they are already allowed to travel free on public transport and often receive discounts on admission to museums and galleries.
     
How I’ve picked my things to do: 

I’ve chosen a spread of highlights, all of which are readily accessible from the city centre. Among them are traditional museums and galleries, exhibitions devoted to the country’s Communist past, and stunning bathhouses where you can take a relaxing soak. I’ve also ensured the kids are catered for, with a zoo, a funfair and green spaces for picnics and bike rides.

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I’ve chosen a spread of highlights, all of which are readily accessible from the city centre. Among them are traditional museums and galleries, exhibitions devoted to the country’s Communist past, and stunning bathhouses where you can take a relaxing soak. I’ve also ensured the kids are catered for, with a zoo, a funfair and green spaces for picnics and bike rides.